Reader Poll: Majority Say Sandusky Scandal Won’t Affect Gov. Vote

GovernorCorbettIt appears that the controversy surrounding the Jerry Sandusky case will not have a large effect on this November’s race for Governor.

For months Democrats had hoped some bombshell would emerge in Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s investigation into Gov. Corbett’s conduct in the manner. Those hopes, though, were seemingly dashed when reports began to emerge that the report would contain few, if any, damning revelations.

Given the dichotomy between this news and the perception that Corbett’s involvement could cost him the votes of PSU loyalists, we decided to test this notion by asking whether the Governor’s handling of the case would have any affect at all on our readers’ ballots.

297 readers said that it would not affect them but that they were still going to vote against the Governor. Meanwhile, 268 said the scandal would affect their vote and they would not support Gov. Corbett.

193 voted that the issue wouldn’t affect their choice as they’ll be supporting the incumbent in the fall. Therefore, about 60% of respondents said the scandal wouldn’t impact their votes.

Furthermore, the episode had virtually no effect on undecided voters. 36 said it won’t have an effect while only 14 responded that it would. As a result, the evidence that the Sandusky scandal could have a large impact on the Governor’s race appears thin.

The full results are included below:

Will Gov. Corbett's Handling of the Sandusky Scandal Have Any Effect on Your Vote?


  • No but I still definitely won't vote for him (37%)
  • Yes and I definitely won't vote for him (33%)
  • No and I definitely will vote for him (24%)
  • I'm undecided, but it won't have an effect (4%)
  • I'm undecided, but it will have an effect (2%)

Total Voters: 808

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June 17th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Poll, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “Reader Poll: Majority Say Sandusky Scandal Won’t Affect Gov. Vote”

  1. jjcnpa says:

    Having 33% say it will impact the election is significant. The question should be “will Corbett’s role in the PSU scandal play a role in the election” because it is just not his handling of the Sandusky investigation that is in question. It is his leading the charge to fire Joe Paterno and his awarding funds to the Second Mile knowing that it was being lead by a child molester that also is impacting his negative numbers. No incumbent is ever down by this much unless there is a scandal or major controversy.

  2. PAINDY1 says:

    I think Tom Corbett’s multi-racial Grandbaby Liam is the key to VICTORY for Tom Corbett and Acting Governor John Brabender! Liam can have the BABY JESUS effect for the near dead Corbett-Brabender campaign. http://youtu.be/qYiWydDyMIE

  3. Ben Rothschild says:

    Write In Former Lower Merion Constable Eric Bradway for Governor he will make sure Corbett goes to Jail for Obstruction of Justice in Not prosecuting Sandusky when he should have .

  4. tommyd-

    I’m not sure that PoliticsPA poll participants are representative of the electorate.

    Though, it would be awesome if Wolf got 70% of the vote. 🙂

  5. tommyd says:

    Uh, if you have a third of respondents saying the Sandusky scandal will influence them to vote against Corbett, I would call that a large effect on the election.

  6. “Sandusky Scandal Won’t Affect Gov. Vote” … Corbett’s terrible job as Gov will. 🙂

    If you add the poll results:
    No but I still definitely won’t vote for him (37%)
    and
    Yes and I definitely won’t vote for him (33%)

    You get 70% not voting for him.

    Game over!

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